Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Reader Request: OPI Pike's Peek-A-Boo Purple Comparison

In all my time swatching and doing comparisons, I've almost never found a pair of polishes to be an exact match.... Until now! Extra-special-huge thanks to reader Gladys for requesting these polishes for comparison!

Index and ring finger: OPI Pike's Peek-A-Boo Purple
Middle and pinkie finger: Orly Midnight Star

If there's a difference between these two polishes, I sure as hell can't see one. In my opinion, this is an exact match. If I didn't write it down, I would have had a hard time remembering which finger was wearing which polish!

Now, despite the color match, these polishes do have a few formula differences. OPI Pike's Peek-A-Boo Purple is quite sheer and needs three coats. Orly Midnight Star is fairly opaque and is perfect in two coats. OPI Pike's Peek-A-Boo Purple is old formula OPI, which contains the lovely "Big Three" and is slightly thinner than your average polish. Orly Midnight Star is Big Three-Free, which means it is a little thick and goopy and takes quite a while to dry. Application issues with both polishes were minimal- just keep in mind what type of formula you are trying to apply and you will have no problems.

Finding an exact match of OPI Pike's Peek-A-Boo Purple is truly awesome. Originally released in 1996 as part of the OPI Rocky Mountain collection, OPI Pike's Peek-A-Boo Purple is extremely hard to find, and to the best of my knowledge was only released with that collection and never again produced. OPI Pike's Peek-A-Boo Purple is √ľber-discontinued and quite ancient, you would have an extremely hard time trying to track down this "antique" polish. Orly Midnight Star just came out a few months ago and is readily available at numerous retailers and etailers - I've even seen the whole Orly Gems collection display at my local grocery stores and CVS Pharmacies!

So, to sum it all up: OPI Pike's Peek-A-Boo Purple = Orly Midnight Star.



  1. Wow, i can't tell them apart either!! If i didn't already have the OPI i'd get the Orly in a heartbeat :D Thank you for the comp pic!

  2. This is awesome!! I can't tell the difference either. Pikes Peak-a-boo Purple is a favorite of mine but I used it all up years ago and haven't been able to find it since...except on eBay where it is $20 a bottle. I'll definately be getting a bottle of Orly Midnight Star.

  3. Wow, I've never even heard of Pikes Peak-a-boo... is that an old one?

  4. I want Orly Midnight Star!
    So Gorgeous!

  5. YAYYY, Gladys is my best friend :D It's so cool to see her get an awesome shout-out. Thanks scrangie, you are so timely!

  6. Thank you SO much for the comparison. I was dying to buy OPI Pikes Peek-a-boo but seeing that it's $20 on eBay I just couldn't. Now I can get ORLY Midnight Star! You're the best!!!!!!!

  7. Yay!! I'm so happy, I have Orly Midnight Star so I don't have to hunt for PPP any more...thanks for the comparison Scrangie!

  8. Hi, I love your blog so much, keep up the great work! You're doing the np addict community a great service, haha. :) I NEED the Orly posted here.

    I wanted to ask, if you're doing requests, do you have Zoya Heather by any chance? I'm dying to see it and can't find a swatch anywhere online. TIA if you do.

    Also speaking of Zoya, re: their polish trade-in event, would you happen to know if they have any stipulations on the polish we send in? For instance, I have many half-used, sticky, or separated polishes I just haven't gotten around to disposing of, would I be able to send them in also? I don't want them to think I'm a bum...lol.

  9. Michelle, the OPI is a better formula anyway :)

    LeiAn, you'll be very pleased with Midnight Star!

    Styrch, Very, very, very old, practically antique! :D

    Phyrra, go for it! It's beautiful!

    Jeskabe, awwwe thank you! Gladys had a genius request!

    Gladys, thank you! Thank you so much for your request :) Glad I could help!

    Karman, you are very welcome <3

    Anonymous, awwwwe thank you!!! :D

    I don't think I have Zoya Heather, but I'll double check. My memory hasn't been so great lately, lol

    As for the Polish Exchange, there are no requirements :) It can be ancient dried up polish, it can even be empty! So send away :)


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